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This week in local football - 10/9/11

POSTED October 09, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


In the understatement of the local football season, Friday’s game between Torrington and St. Paul, an 80-39 win for the Red Raiders, will be remembered for a long time.

While you take a moment to digest that score, here’s some Torrington stats for you:

Brenden Lytton – 311 yards rushing, 145 yards receiving and seven touchdowns (4 rushing, 2 passing, 1 throwing).

Phil Bressen – 318 yards passing (205 in the first half), four touchdowns (3 passing, 1 on defense).

Joan Toribeo – 2 punt returns for touchdowns (80 and 70 yards) and a 65-yard rushing touchdown.

Desmond Langs – 5 receptions, 121 yards, two touchdowns (9 and 40 yards).

OK, now that you’re caught up on the numbers, I’m sure you’re asking how did these teams combine for the second-most points in Connecticut history, only one behind the 120 put up by Guilford and Jonathan Law last year.

The answer is simple: neither coaching staff would back down.

Unlike the Guilford-Jonathan Law game, which Guilford won by only six points, this one was long over at halftime with Torrington leading, 61-18.

The Red Raiders, knowing that and knowing that the 50-point CIAC rule was in play, even took kneel downs on their final two extra points attempt before the half.

Torrington, rightfully so, inserted its JV squad in the second half, while the Falcons left their starters in, who racked up a quick 21-0 run to pull within 22 points at 61-39.

Sensing the game was getting away from them, the Red Raiders put their starters back in for the fourth, and promptly received a 98-yard scoring run from Lytton to restore order.

In my estimation, both teams were in the wrong Friday.

St. Paul should’ve thrown in the towel and took out its starters in the third. Tearing apart a JV team’s defense is not going to prove anything or help its further development.

I undertand why Torrington put its starters back in as I’d be frustrated too if I saw that happen to my JV players. However, after Lytton’s 98-yard touchdown that expanded the lead to 67-39, it was time to put an end to that statement.

There was no chance in you-know-what St. Paul was coming back at that point. Not only did the Red Raiders leave their starters in, they THREW the ball with Lytton, the man who can do everything, and he connected with Langs on a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Even with St. Paul determined to throw until 3 in the morning, Torrington should’ve taken the high road there. When the Red Raiders had the ball in the fourth, they could have kept taking knees to run the clock. They are lucky no starters got hurt during this petty sequence and you can only imagine the reaction if they lost Lytton during this.

This 80-39 score will go down in history thanks to the extreme volume of points. This is history that hopefully does not repeat itself.

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Gilbert/Northwestern evened its record at 2-2 with a 40-20 triumph over SMSA Saturday night in Hartford. Tony Ortiz was the star in this one, recording a rushing, a receiving and a defensive touchdown. Devon Molway rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns, while John Lippincott threw for 71 yards and a touchdown pass.

The Yellowjackets will look to get over .500 for the first time this season next Saturday against Avon.

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Lewis Mills took it on the chin Saturday against Coginchaug, falling 48-15 at Muzzy Field. In defeat, Devin Pease threw for two touchdowns for the pass-happy Spartans, who rushed for only 19 yards. The Spartans (1-2) threw 35 times (only 11 completions) and attempted only 17 rushes, a split that will need to even out if they are to be successful.

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Times are tough these days for Wolcott Tech, which has been outscored 135-0 in its last three games following Saturday’s 45-0 defeat to Classical Magnet/Capital Prep in Torrington. The Wildcats, who fell to 1-3, had little chance in this one, recording only 69 total yards.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brenden Lytton, Torrington: Read above. Or just read any box score from the last two seasons. If we ever make a trophy for this award, we may just make it of him, ala the Heisman.

NON-BRENDEN LYTTON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Phil Bressen, Torrington: In his first game as Raider quarterback, the junior threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns. Just for kicks, he returned an interception for a touchdown on defense, too.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tony Ortiz, Gilbert/Nortwestern: Ortiz returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown in the Yellowjackets’ road win over SMSA.

PREDICTIONS UPDATE

I went 4-0 this week, improving to 16-5 on the season. And yes, I’m proud my winning percentage is better than A-Rod’s postseason batting average.

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